Cultural Observations

Sin Isn’t Totally Bad.

One of the more frustrating moments for me in my life is when I'm confronted with sin in my life. In fact, it's one of the quickest triggers for my anxiety and depression. Pull on that reminder of my weakness, my insufficiency, my sinfulness, and I'm likely to be frustrated, which makes me anxious, which… Continue reading Sin Isn’t Totally Bad.

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Cultural Observations

Bristol Palin’s Second Out-of-Wedlock Pregnancy Deserves Grace Too. Just Like the 5700th Time I Lusted.

Twitter can be a wonderful place for news, opinions and the occasional funny meme or cute photo. If you don't follow @CuteEmergency, you're missing out on some incredible things. As I scanned through the Trending Topics, as I'm prone to do often, I saw "Bristol Palin" on the list. Curiosity piqued, I clicked and found… Continue reading Bristol Palin’s Second Out-of-Wedlock Pregnancy Deserves Grace Too. Just Like the 5700th Time I Lusted.

Cultural Observations

Racism Doesn’t End Here. It Ends at the End of Days.

I know my title sets me apart from a lot of Christian voices who have spent tons of time over the last few months calling for racial reconciliation and interracial conversation over the multiple shootings involving African Americans. This thought struck me over the controversy surrounding the Confederate flag hoisted above the state capitol building… Continue reading Racism Doesn’t End Here. It Ends at the End of Days.

Cultural Observations

An Open Letter to Karen Fitzgibbons

I swore I'd never write one of these on this blog, but before her name blows up all over the place, I want to make sure she gets this too. If you don't know who Karen Fitzgibbons is, read this story. Dear Karen, My name is Zachary Horner. You don't know me, but I've heard… Continue reading An Open Letter to Karen Fitzgibbons

Cultural Observations

Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner Fiasco Reveals Something We Miss Almost Every Time

Christians' insistence on hitting back hard at public controversies has yet again made us look like insensitive fools who don't actually care about people but care more about being "right" instead of doing both. Matt Walsh: What he most closely resembles is a mentally disordered man who is being manipulated by disingenuous liberals and self-obsessed gay… Continue reading Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner Fiasco Reveals Something We Miss Almost Every Time

Cultural Observations, The Bible

Let’s Ease Up on the Disciples, Huh? I Mean, You Are One Too.

Note: This is one of my pet peeves about Christianity. It might seem a little nit-picky. But I think it does reveal a lot about the human heart, especially my own, so I must write about it. Some of the most disparaged characters in the New Testament are the disciples of Jesus. They are constantly mocked… Continue reading Let’s Ease Up on the Disciples, Huh? I Mean, You Are One Too.

Cultural Observations, The Bible

Josh Hamilton and the God-Glorifying Action of Getting Back Up

I awoke this morning and checked ESPN on my phone and ran across this article, which starts: Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton suffered a drug relapse involving the use of cocaine and alcohol in the offseason, according to a New York Daily News report. Hamilton has a well-documented history of substance abuse problems dating to… Continue reading Josh Hamilton and the God-Glorifying Action of Getting Back Up

Christian Culture, Cultural Observations

Youth of the Nation: Why High School Kids Need the Gospel and Older Christians

A lot of time in the Christian stratosphere is spent talking and thinking about keeping around those people in my generation, those who are in college or just graduated. They may be kids who grew up in church or appeared really solid spiritually headed into college, but the pressures of their peers or the academics… Continue reading Youth of the Nation: Why High School Kids Need the Gospel and Older Christians

Cultural Observations

50 Shades of Maybe, Possibly, Potentially Overdoing It

So let me add my two cents, or 50 cents (punny), into the 50 Shades of Grey mularkey that's been all over the Christian blogosphere. Usually I try to avoid the hot button topics of the day when I write, but I feel compelled to share my thoughts. Don't you think we as a body of… Continue reading 50 Shades of Maybe, Possibly, Potentially Overdoing It

Cultural Observations

We Think We’re ‘Persecuted’

"Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account." - Jesus, in Matthew 5:11 I think sometimes I get really comfortable in my American Christian persecution. Being at a liberal arts school that is beginning to pride itself on its multi-faith initiatives, I… Continue reading We Think We’re ‘Persecuted’